Nov. 9, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Five francophone teachers and their exceptional work were recognized at the 16th Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony held in Edmundston on Saturday, Nov. 7.
"We must acknowledge the exceptional work of our educators, as they are a source of inspiration not only to other teachers, but to all education professionals as they seek to demonstrate initiative, creativity and innovation for their students," said Education Minister Roland Haché.
Haché presented awards to:
Haché also announced the establishment of the Excellence Awards Steering Committee. The committee will analyze ways of showing recognition in education.
"Promoting and recognizing excellence and innovation by education professionals makes them feel valued and encourages them to innovate further, thereby contributing to the students' academic success," said Haché.
This initiative is in line with the report of the Commission on Francophone Schools, which stresses the importance of valuing education and those in the education system in order to promote students' academic success. The report also emphasized the importance of sharing the students' and schools' successes with their communities to stimulate interest in education.
The Teaching Excellence Award was established in 1992, and is designed to recognize teachers who display outstanding creativity, dynamism, and dedication. Since the award's inception, 137 teachers have received the honour.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are biographies of the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award winners. MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.
Biographies of the recipients of the 2009 Teaching Excellence Awards
Teacher, École Amirault, Dieppe (School District 1)
"Thank you. I appreciate you." These are important words to Ginette Boudreau. They spread around her classroom and throughout the school as well.
Boudreau is interested in and enthusiastic about all new innovations in the field of education. She encourages the use of technology in her classroom, and draws on the latest research in education to help her students learn.
She uses her humour and spontaneity in class to make learning fun for the children. She is also concerned about her students' wellbeing and social inclusion. She knows how to constructively guide the children through difficult social situations to get them to change certain behaviours, and ultimately to improve their lives at school.
Boudreau is deeply involved, and plays an active role on various committees in the school and the district. She has taken on a leadership role as team leader for the Grade 2 professional learning communities, encouraging people to think about and apply the principles of the professional learning communities.
Manon Thériault Léger
Teacher, École Notre-Dame, Edmundston (School District 3)
Manon Thériault Léger is charming, enthusiastic, dedicated, respectful and attentive to everyone's needs. These and other qualities make her stand out at her school, in the district, and even in the province.
Thériault Léger has an affection for children, and conveys respect and integrity. Students, parents, and fellow employees all feel at ease around her. She is also a great educator, who keeps up with the latest teaching practices, and is always ready to share her knowledge and innovative ideas. Her philosophy of education is that all students can progress and succeed. She wants everyone to reach his or her full potential.
When she begins a project or new task, she does so completely, and always with a smile. Her many initiatives designed to help her students learn to the best of their ability are legendary, and include storytelling evenings with parents and students, information meetings, and the reading club. The academic success of her students and their personal development are of the utmost importance to her.
Joanne Couturier Caron
Teacher, La Croisée, Robertville (School District 5)
Joanne Couturier Caron has a need to share her educational discoveries with her colleagues, so it is common to see her talking to another teacher, with a book or other tool in her hand. Her infectious laugh brightens up the teacher's lounge.
Couturier Caron uses the arts to develop her learning scenarios by introducing interdisciplinarity with other subjects. To motivate her students she also uses information technology, including tablet PCs and smartboards, Senteo remotes, and webcams (for a videoconferencing project with a colleague from another school).
In class, students are the main participants in their learning. Multiple intelligences and workshops are part of their daily activities. Her various projects also prompt her to seek out financial and individual partners in the community.
Because of her affection for children she finds time to become involved in student life at school, and she tries to meet their needs and understand their differences.
Teacher, Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux, Caraquet (School District 9)
Nadia Thériault is a resource teacher who takes an active role in her environment. She is involved in a number of committees and projects to set up programs and activities for students with learning difficulties.
During the past few years, Thériault has been a member of the Council of Education Ministers, Canada (CMEC) district committee to establish reading and writing strategies for students from kindergarten to Grade 12. She also designed the Réussir au secondaire (Succeeding in High School) and Habiletés pour la vie (Skills for Life) courses, which are offered in some of the province's schools.
Thériault also started a theatre production, written and performed by young people at Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux, and intended for a young audience. This multidisciplinary project brought in a number of talented individuals through thematic courses and extracurricular committees.
The play, entitled Enquête d'identité (Search for Identity), was performed at the 53rd ministerial session of the Conference of Ministers of Education in French-Speaking Countries (CONFEMEN), at the Festival acadien, and at the 2009 World Acadian Congress. Because of her efforts, the play won the Actifs et fiers competition of the Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF) in March 2009.
Principal, Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, Shediac (School District 11)
Luc Michaud never shrinks from a challenge, no matter what the field. He made it his goal to set up a professional learning community at Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, and to promote it as a valid approach, not only in his school, but throughout School District 11 and provincewide.
Michaud is considered a pioneer who has always has his students' success at heart. Under his leadership, co-operative teams were set up to enable teachers to hone their teaching skills and hold learning clinics where students could receive help in various subjects.
He also established the merit system at Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, and was the co-founder of the Louis-J.-Robichaud Foundation, which awards a number of bursaries each year. In addition, he helped set up various programs, such as the sport study and art study programs.
Over the years he has been able to establish strong personal relationships with those around him through his respect for the faculty code of ethics and his concern for the wellbeing of his colleagues and students.